Red Emma's is excited to host Kristin Bricker, Mexico-based independent journalist and long time friend of the collective, on her discussion of revolutionary pedagogy in rural Mexico.
In the 1920s, Mexicoâs revolutionary government created normales rurales (rural teaching schools) to train teachers to âbring educationto the most marginalized and distant places in every state in the country and to offer a dignified form of life to peasants.â Rather than simply teaching students reading, writing, and math, rural teachers must also âassist in the organization of the populace to improve its quality of life and work on projects for social developmentâ as well as âcontribute to the struggle against imperialism and the nationâs bourgeoisie.â
The Mexican Federation of Socialist Peasant Students, the semiclandestine organization that coordinates the nationâs network of seventeen normales rurales, believes that providing carefully screened applicants with explicitly socialist, anti-imperialist, and antiracist education is what has maintained the normales ruralesâ revolutionary project, and has protected it from the infiltration and co-optation that has derailed all other government-funded revolutionary education projects in Mexico. This presentation will cover the history and philosophy of thenormales rurales as well as some of their most infamous graduates. It will also provide illustrative details about particular normales ruralesâ struggles along with tactics to defend themselves against the neoliberal government that threatens to destroy them.
Kristin is a freelance journalist covering militarization, social movements, human rights, and the drug war in Latin America. She is the Security Sector Reform Resource Centreâs Latin America blogger, a regular contributor to Upside Down World, and a former NACLA research associate. Her articles have appeared in the Huffington Post, IPS, Counterpunch, Telesur, RebeliÃ³n, Left Turn, the Indypendent, Por Esto!, and the News (Mexico). She has appeared on Al-Jazeera, Democracy Now!, Radio Mundo (Venezuela), Morning Report (New Zealand),
and various Pacifica radio programs.